This final message of the Adversity Gospel series focuses on the purposes of God that are achieved in your life during times of adversity. Many people waste their pain, don’t profit from their problems, don’t harvest their hurts, don’t advance from their adversity, don’t learn from their losses, don’t improve from their injuries, don’t gain from their pain. How do we gain from our pain? How does God use the pain in your life to move you towards His purposes for your life?
ADVERSITY GOSPEL: DON’T WASTE YOUR PAIN
Message by Todd Lester – March 19, 2017
Galatians 3:4 Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?
PAIN CAN BE USED FOR A GOOD PURPOSE
1. I CAN USE MY PAIN TO DRAW CLOSER TO GOD
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God… We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.
2 Corinthians 7:9 Now I am glad … not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways.
2. I CAN USE MY PAIN TO DRAW CLOSER TO OTHERS
Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
3. I CAN USE MY PAIN TO BECOME LIKE JESUS
Proverbs 20:30 (GNT) Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.
Hebrews 5:8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered.
Hebrews 5:9 In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.
2 Corinthians 11:23-28 I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again. Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
4. I CAN USE MY PAIN TO HELP OTHERS
2 Corinthians 1:4-6 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.
5. I CAN USE MY PAIN AS A WITNESS TO THE WORLD
Philippians 1:12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.
Psalm 73:23 I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.
Psalm 73:26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
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